Many studies have shown that ultrasound can detect inflammation and damage in rheumatoid arthritis. The role of ultrasound in routine practice, however, has been less studied and is a hot topic.
Members of the independent TUI Steering Committee have published five algorithms suggesting when ultrasound can be used to aid diagnosis, support assessment of treatment response/disease monitoring, and to evaluate stable disease state or remission in patients with suspected or established rheumatoid arthritis.See algorithms
D'Agostino MA, Terslev L, Wakefield R, Østergaard M, Balint P, Naredo E, Iagnocco A, Backhaus M, Grassi W, Emery P. Novel algorithms for the pragmatic use of ultrasound in the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis: from diagnosis to remission. Ann Rheum Dis. 5(11):1902–1908.
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These pragmatic templates propose when ultrasound can be used at certain stages of rheumatoid arthritis management. Adding a targeted ultrasound assessment may improve diagnosis and treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.– Professor Paul Emery
An algorithmic approach to ultrasound evaluation may help to achieve the goal of improving rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis and management in daily, clinical practice.– Professor Maria Antonietta D'Agostino
How might ultrasound add value to aid diagnosis, inform therapeutic response and the assessment of disease state?View case studies
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